Musicianship Class/Composition Recitals this Saturday

Student Composition/Musicianship Recitals will take place this Saturday, April 18th in the Bito Performance Space.  All classes and lessons will meet at their normal times, but some of the recitals will take place during those class times so students should go to their classes at the regularly scheduled times and from there they will head to the recitals together.  Not all students/classes will participate so see below for details and please let us know (  if you have any questions.  The recitals are open to family and friends and anyone that wants to come listen.
Click Here for a list of all students scheduled to perform.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  COMPOSITION RECITAL #1 – 11:30-12:00  at BITO CPS
  Students of:
Shawn’s 11:00am Musicianship Class
Ryan’s 11:00am Musicianship Class
                                                                                                                   COMPOSITION RECITAL #2 – 12:30-1:00  at BITO CPS
  Students of:
Shawn’s 12:00pm Musicianship Class
Shawn’s Private Composition Students: Aleksandra, Anthony, Ethan
                                                                                                                                             COMPOSITION RECITAL #3 – 2:30-3:00  at BITO CPS
  Students of:
Ryan’s 9:15am Musicianship Class
Shawn’s 2:00pm Musicianship Class
David’s 2:15pm Musicianship Class


May 3rd – TWO Special Events!

May 3rd is a big day for Bard Prep.  We have 2 important events and we need lots of support from our families and community:

At 11 am Grammy Award Winning Violinist and Composer Mark O’Connor will be visiting Bard Prep to perform and briefly discuss his exciting new series of method books.  This is a presentation for kids, parents, teachers, everybody so please come and please invite your friends, school music teachers, anybody that might be interested in music education and in hearing a musical superstar perform up close!

And at 3 pm our very own world class musicians from the Bard Prep Faculty, Renana Gutman, Nicholas Lewis, Jaram Kim, and Amy Palomo will perform a special family concert along with some of our Bard Prep students at the Hudson Opera House in Hudson, NY as part of the Classics on Hudson concert series.  The performance will be followed by an instrument petting zoo!

Both events are FREE and open to the public and families and kids of all ages are welcome.  We are very excited to have these great opportunities for our community and we hope to see a nice show of support from our families.

See below for more information.

Please save some time for one or both of these great events on May 3rd!



Grammy Winning Violinist/Fiddler/Composer Mark O’Connor visits Bard Prep – May 3rd at 11am

On Sunday May 3rd at 11 am, Grammy Award winning Violinist and Composer Mark O’Connor and his wife, violinist Maggie O’Connor will visit Bard Prep to perform and demonstrate some of the pieces and concepts from the O’Connor series of method books for our community and friends.  This is a great opportunity to hear one of the world’s great violinists up close!  This program is for families and kids of all ages and is open to everyone so please come and bring family, friends, teachers, associates, acquaintances and anyone else you can think of!

Attendance is FREE and completely open to the public.

Sunday, May 3rd at 11 am in the Bito Performance Space (our recital hall near the entrance).

for more information email us at:

Mark O'Connor Poster

FREE Family Concert by Bard Prep Faculty – May 3rd at 3 pm – presented by Classics on Hudson

CLASSICS ON HUDSON is hosting Bard Prep Faculty and Students for a very special FREE family Concert at the Hudson Opera House – 327 Warren St.
Hudson, NY 12534 – on Sunday May 3rd at 3 pm.  Faculty performers include:

Renana Gutman, piano

Jaram Kim, violin

Nicholas Alton Lewis, clarinet

Amy Palomo, voice

Come hear these amazing musicians (often spotted grazing at the Bake Sale table) in their natural habitats!  The concert is for families and kids of all ages.  Kids sit up close!

For more information visit CLASSICS ON HUDSON here!


Bard Music Camp Information – Space is Running Out!

Bard Music Camp registration is still open and space is available but going fast.  The registration deadline is June 1st.  Information is below or email us at if you have any questions.

Bard Music Camp Information:

The 5th Bard Music Camp will take place this summer from July 6-18th.  Camp information and registration is now available on the Preparatory Division Summer Camp Site!

Week 1,  July 6-11, includes the Early Childhood Program (Ages 2-5) and the Full Day Program (Ages 5-9).  Students have 3 lessons during the week, daily Chorus and Musicianship Classes, Arts and Crafts, and many other fun and educational activities.  For More Information Click HERE!

Week 2, July 13-18:  Full Day Program for students Ages 10-18.  Students have 3 lessons during the week, daily Chorus and Musicianship Classes, Performance Classes, Chamber Music, and more!  For More Information Click HERE!

Upcoming Faculty and Friends Performances: David, Renana, Hiroko, Alice

David Temple, Prep Guitar Faculty

  • April 26th at 3 pm, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – 7412 South Broadway (route 9), Red Hook.  A celebration of the 300th Anniversary of St. Paul’s congregation in Red Hook in a unique concert, combining music of many countries and periods of time.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and are available at the door.


Renana Gutman, Prep Piano Faculty

  •  Sunday, April 26th at 8 pm at Jordan Hall, Boston:  with Yoojin Jang, violin.  Works by Bartok, Schumann, Sibelius:  more information here
  • Sunday, May 3rd at 3 pm:  “Classics on Hudson”, Hudson Opera House, NY
    Solo & Chamber Music featuring BARD PREP FACULTY and STUDENTS
    Renana Gutman, piano, Amy Palomo, Soprano, Jaram Kim, violin, Nicholas Alton Lewis, Clarinet:  More Information Here:  Attendance is FREE


Hiroko Sasaki, Prep Piano Faculty

  • May 27 – Solo Recital/Chamber Music with cellist Scott Ballantyne – Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall, NYC – more info soon


Alice Yoo, Prep Cello Faculty

  • May 16, 2015, La Grua Center, Chamber Series, Stonington, CT:  Chamber concert with David Kaplan, Catherine Gregory

Important Bard Prep Informational Links – Recital Information, Practice Buddies, Tutors, Classics on Hudson, Catskill Jazz Factory

Here is information on Academic tutor BETHANY IDES.


BARD PREP STUDENT RECITAL INFORMATION – Dates and Performer Information for Midterm, Final, and Composition Recitals




BARD PREP FACULTY IN ACTION!  Here are some great links to performances, lessons, and cd’s from our teachers so you can see and hear them in action.



Welcome Back and Noisy Camp News!

We hope everyone had a great Spring Break and that Prep students are ready for the home stretch of the year.

Bard Prep classes and lessons resume their normal schedule on April 7 (Tuesday students) and April 11 (Saturday students).

Bard Music Camp News:  Now added for private study this summer (drum roll please….)  PERCUSSION! 

If you have a student interested in studying percussion at camp this summer, please let us know – – and/or visit the summer camp page for more information – BARD MUSIC CAMP!

Spring Break Reminder and Final Recital Dates

Just a reminder that Bard Prep classes and lessons will be off for Spring Break on Saturday March 28th, Tuesday March 31st, and Saturday April 4th.  We will see our Tuesday students on April 7th and Saturday students on April 11th.

The Blog will also be off next week so if you need any assistance or information, please email us at

Have a great Spring Break!

Final Recital Information:

FINAL RECITAL #1 May 2 at 3pm   BITO CPS
Performers will be students of:
 Alice – cello
 Brian – violin, violin ensemble
 Nicholas – clarinet/saxophone
 Susanne – piano
FINAL RECITAL #2  May 2 at 4pm  BITO CPS
Performers will be students of:
 Amy P – voice
 Lucy – voice
 Renana – piano
 Susanne – piano
FINAL RECITAL #3  May 9 at 3pm   OLIN HALL
Performers will be students of:
 Cynthia – piano
 Helena – violin
 Jaram – violin
 Ryan – bass, string ensemble
 Shar – Chinese language class
 Hindemith Horn Sonata (Ethan/Megan)
FINAL RECITAL #4  May 9 at 4pm   OLIN HALL
Performers will be students of:
 Amy Travis – voice & chorus
 Anna – piano
 David – guitar
 Hiroko – piano
 Luba – piano

Reminder – Midterm Recitals #3 and #4 this Saturday in Conservatory Performance Space – Spring Break Reminders

March 21 at 3 pm – Midterm Recital #3     Bitó Conservatory Performance Space

March 21 at 4 pm – Midterm Recital #4     Bitó Conservatory Performance Space

All lessons and classes will take place on a regular schedule.

Participating students have received confirmation emails.

Please let us know if you have any questions.  We look forward to hearing the students soon!


Bard Prep Saturdays are off for Spring Break March 28th and April 4th.  We will meet this Saturday, March 21st and our next Prep day will be April 11th.

Bard Prep Tuesday students will meet next Tuesday, March 24th, be off for Spring Break on March 31st, and resume classes and lessons on April 7th.